Here’s a list of 2011’s bestselling African American books from Amazon.com.
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett
(Berkley, 2011-04-05, Kindle Edition)
The wildly popular New York Times bestseller and reading group favorite.
Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who’s always taken orders quietly, but lately she’s unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has never held her tongue but now must somehow keep secrets about her employer that leave her speechless. White socialite Skeeter just graduated college. She’s full of ambition, but without a husband, she’s considered a failure. Together, these seemingly different women join together to write a tell-all book about work as a black maid in the South, that could forever alter their destinies and the life of a small town…
- Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson
(Little, Brown and Company, 2011-11-14, Kindle Edition)
The President’s son and daughter are abducted, and Detective Alex Cross is one of the first on the scene. But someone very high-up is using the FBI, Secret Service, and CIA to keep him off the case and in the dark.A deadly contagion in the water supply cripples half of the capital, and Alex discovers that someone may be about to unleash the most devastating attack the United States has ever experienced. As his window for solving both crimes narrows, Alex makes a desperate decision that goes against everything he believes–one that may alter the fate of the entire country. KILL ALEX CROSS is faster, more exciting, and more tightly wound than any Alex Cross thriller James Patterson has ever written!
- Summer Heat by Sable Jordan
(Fresh Whet INK, 2011-06-14, Kindle Edition)
Sizzling hot erotic reads from some of the freshest voices in the genre. Summer just got hotter! Featuring the deliciously naughty writings of Ms. Downlow, The Kween, Perri Forrest, and Sable Jordan.In “Downsized”, a successful young architect is attracted to her hot new neighbor, but what seems like a night destined for sexual ecstasy turns frosty fast when assumptions are made.”Ninety Days” is the story of a wife who’s done everything for her man; the marriage, the baby-carriage…and the threesome–all of which he wanted. But when the other woman likes her more than her hubby, she’s forced to choose between family and her newfound sexual desires. Next up is the stirring tale of a woman coming to terms with love, sex, and self. A break-up brings her some needed peace, but a chance meeting sets the “Butterflies in Motion”. The final entry, “Shaken and Stirred”, tells the adventure of a secret agent with a simple objective: Steal a formula while attending the festivities on the villain’s luxury yacht. There’s just one problem–she has no idea it’s a BDSM party.
- The Leak by K’wan
(St. Martin’s Griffin, 2011-09-27, Kindle Edition)
The Leak is a complimentary short prequel story that leads into K’wan’s hit novel, Welfare Wifeys.
- Fated: Torn Apart by History, Bound for Eternity by Carolyn McCray
(Off Our Meds Multi Media, 2011-05-13, Kindle Edition)
From Carolyn McCray comes a historical romance that will leave you hoping that for once, fate will be kind. You will be gripped from the first page to the last, caught in a love that spans eons and an ancient political intrigue whose consequence still reverberates today. This is truly a masterpiece that stays with you long after you’ve turned the last page.
- Secrets Buried in the Soul (Why Settle For Less?) by Déborah Kabwang
(2011-04-19, Kindle Edition)
Laurymimi Neeyah Kléber is a recent college graduate, living in Dallas, TX. She is young, beautiful, and very single. She is excitingly moving out of her parents’ house and moving to Atlanta with her best friend, Renee. Upon her move to her new city, things get a little bit complicated. Like every other girl, she wants to feel loved! She hopes to find the “Man of God” that her heart longs for and is longing for the man who will complete her. As she struggles to maintain a Christian lifestyle and to focus on grad school all at once, trouble comes knocking at her door. She suddenly faces one of the most difficult decisions of her life. Will she choose Tony Rose, the “Charming Beau,” who she left behind in Dallas? Or, will it be, Cameron Levi, who just seems too good to be true? Will she compromise and forget everything she stands for just to be with “The One?” Once her decision is made without consulting God, it almost kills her and dramatically flips her life upside down. Love, Lies and Secrets…
- An Invisible Thread by Alex Tresniowski
(Howard Books, 2011-11-01, Kindle Edition)
“Excuse me lady, do you have any spare change? I am hungry.”When I heard him, I didn’t really hear him. His words were part of the clatter, like a car horn or someone yelling for a cab. They were, you could say, just noise—the kind of nuisance New Yorkers learn to tune out. So I walked right by him, as if he wasn’t there. But then, just a few yards past him, I stopped. And then—and I’m still not sure why I did this—I came back. When Laura Schroff first met Maurice on a New York City street corner, she had no idea that she was standing on the brink of an incredible and unlikely friendship that would inevitably change both their lives. As one lunch at McDonald’s with Maurice turns into two, then into a weekly occurrence that is fast growing into an inexplicable connection, Laura learns heart-wrenching details about Maurice’s horrific childhood.
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
(Broadway, 2011-03-08, Paperback)
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they’d weigh more than 50 million metric tons—as much as a hundred Empire State Buildings. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave. Now Rebecca Skloot takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to stark white laboratories with freezers full of HeLa cells; from Henrietta’s small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginia—a land of wooden slave quarters, faith healings, and voodoo—to East Baltimore today, where her children and grandchildren live and struggle with the legacy of her cells. Henrietta’s family did not learn of her “immortality” until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists investigating HeLa began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. And though the cells had launched a multimillion-dollar industry that sells human biological materials, her family never saw any of the profits. As Rebecca Skloot so brilliantly shows, the story of the Lacks family—past and present—is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of.
- Deadly Desires by Ann Christopher
(Kensington Books, 2011-10-04, Kindle Edition)
How can you plan a future. . .After a desperate struggle to sever ties with her husband, Kira Gregory is suddenly a free woman. She can start a new life without guns, drugs, dirty money, or fear. But Kira’s newfound independence seems too good to be true. And it is. . .When you can’t outrun your past? DEA Special Agent Dexter Brady spent months trying to get Kira’s husband, Kareem Gregory, off the streets, but he has never come to terms with his growing feelings for Kira. He knows that any sort of a relationship with her is a recipe for disaster, but when danger finds Kira again, Dexter will bend every rule, face any enemy, and make any sacrifice to keep the woman he loves safe from harm. . .Praise for the novels of Ann Christopher”…(an) exciting romantic thriller.” –Publishers Weekly on Deadly PursuitP>”Trouble is a sultry romance…” –The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers”A brilliant and tasteful novel about love, tragedy, heartbreak and forgiveness.” –Romantic Times on Risk
- Salvage the Bones: A Novel by Jesmyn Ward
(Bloomsbury USA, 2011-08-30, Kindle Edition)
Winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction.A hurricane is building over the Gulf of Mexico, threatening the coastal town of Bois Sauvage, Mississippi, and Esch’s father is growing concerned. A hard drinker, largely absent, he doesn’t show concern for much else. Esch and her three brothers are stocking food, but there isn’t much to save. Lately, Esch can’t keep down what food she gets; she’s fourteen and pregnant. Her brother Skeetah is sneaking scraps for his prized pitbull’s new litter, dying one by one in the dirt. While brothers Randall and Junior try to stake their claim in a family long on child’s play and short on parenting. As the twelve days that comprise the novel’s framework yield to the final day and Hurricane Katrina, the unforgettable family at the novel’s heart–motherless children sacrificing for each other as they can, protecting and nurturing where love is scarce–pulls itself up to struggle for another day. A wrenching look at the lonesome, brutal, and restrictive realities of rural poverty, Salvage the Bone is muscled with poetry, revelatory, and real.
- Me And My Bitch by David Weaver
(SBR Publications, 2011-09-12, Kindle Edition)
What happens when a double crossed female goes to the greatest of all possible extremes to get her revenge? Absolute mayhem! This is a mind twisting, unpredictable, romantic nail biter from the same veins that brought you “A Love Story,” and “Bankroll Squad!”The twists in this book are guaranteed to blow you away all the way to the last paragraph. This is that “I didn’t see that coming” at it’s very BEST!Brisk paced and will not bore you even for a minute. A winding roller coaster of events that will leave you speechless. You will not forget this story!!
- Nasty Secrets by La’Tonya West
(La’Tonya West, 2011-05-06, Kindle Edition)
Jasmine has a good thing going with her boyfriend, Nathan. He is a hardworking man and gives her anything she wants. Well almost anything…there’s one thing that she wants that he or any other man can’t give her. That’s where his sister Erika comes in. Erika has been having a hard time back in New York, so Nathan asked her to come and live with him and Jasmine for a while until she got on her feet. Big mistake! Erika is openly gay and doesn’t try in any way to hide her love and appreciation of women. From the first time that Jasmine and Erika lay eyes on each other they both realize that there is something between the two of them. When Nathan takes a business trip out of town the two of them explore what has been brewing between them all along but after one steamy and satisfying night together the two of them are hooked. They began a hot lust-filled romance that becomes harder and harder to hide with each encounter. Jasmine soon falls in love with Erika and makes up her mind to break things off with Nathan. She doesn’t want to hurt him but she can’t change the way she feels about his sister. Nathan has been so wrapped up in his work that he hasn’t even noticed what has been going on right up under his nose. Or has he? Is there also a secret that he is hiding? Could it be that work isn’t all that has him distracted?
- Deja (Deja series) by Tajana Sutton
(2011-05-18, Kindle Edition)
After witnessing the murder suicide of her parents at age 10, being mistreated by her grandmother and betrayed in past relationships, Deja finally found peace in her life. Her best friend Jade introduced her to Xavier Jones. He was the partner/cousin of Jade s boyfriend Jay. She got everything a woman could ever want; the man, the ring, and the baby, but Jay s ex Mona felt that was her position and she wouldn’t stop until she reclaimed the spot. Xavier and Jay had recently retired from the drug game as millionaires but that came with a price and much drama. Xavier s baby mama Latasha wasn t too happy about him either and about him settling down with Deja. She felt she had the baby, so she should have the man as well and she tried everything in her power to break them up until she realized the joke was on her, but it was too late…
- Envy by Lexy Harper
(Ebonique Publishing, 2011-08-07, Kindle Edition)
Dee and Nina have been best friends since they were little girls and have what everyone thinks is the perfect friendship. In reality Nina is insanely jealous of Dee’s blissful nine-year marriage to childhood sweetheart, Oliver – a man Nina has wanted since she was thirteen. How far will Nina go to steal her best friend’s husband? Would she: a) Tell him that Dee’s been unfaithful to him. b) Give him a blow job that blows his mind. c) Murder Dee. d) All of the above. How well does Dee know her best friend? Will Nina resort to murder to get what she wants? Surely not!
- LAW AND DISORDER: PARTNERS UNDERCOVER by Toye Lawson Brown
(Books By Toye, 2011-11-10, Kindle Edition)
Morgan Dane lived life on the edge as a member of the Northern Ohio Law Enforcement Task Force; hunting criminals was in her blood. Not one to live the fast life or fall in love easily, she prided herself on being focused and not letting outside influences interfere with hunting Cleveland’s most notorious drug dealer, Anton Jackson. Once her beloved partner retires, she fails to make a connection with a number of partners before settling in with Agent Adam Cabrera; the handsome Latino transfer from Miami, Florida. It wasn’t love at first sight or a perfect paring but Agent Paul Hamilton’s mission was to change Morgan Dane’s cold resistance towards love. How will these three work together? Will they find the professionalism to handle the high profile case that they will become deeply entangled in or will they find friendship once common ground has been established? Step in Carmen Maria, the one person to make sure Morgan Dane makes this partnership work with Adam Cabrera on and off the field.Follow the intrigue, suspense and light comedy of this novel of love and hate to find out the twists, turns and events leading up to the perfect match for these displaced team members.
- Deja 2: Unfinished Business (Deja series) by Tajana Sutton
(2011-02-27, Kindle Edition)
Despite all the drama Deja and Jade had to endure just to be with millionaires, Xavier and Jay, they were finally happy and drama free. Mona and Latasha were finally out of their lives, or are they? After years of hurtful childhood memories, Deja was now content with the life she was dealt and Jade had finally gotten what she longed for. They lived very happy and wealthy lives until they got the shock of a lifetime. The one person they thought was long gone is back for revenge. He wants what he feels belong to him. His plan is to take down any and everybody that gets in his way. But, will Xavier and Jay let that go down? Retired drug dealers turned business men, Xavier and Jay will be forced to re-enter a life they once left behind. You are about to enter a world of love, deceit, and murder. Deja will be left to make a decision between life and death…But who’s?
- Bankroll Squad 2: Kyla’s Revenge by David Weaver
(SBR Publication, 2011-06-26, Kindle Edition)
~An instant classic! One of the best urban novels of this year! ~Author of Deadly Sound ~No one twists plots with as much unpredictablility as David Weaver. ~Author of Mother Heart. The highly anticipated sequel to the best-selling urban novel, “Bankroll Squad.” The men ruled the streets in the first book, but now the women take center stage in this action packed dramatical love story. David Weaver’s clever plot twists will continue to shock and amaze you all the way to the very last page. Picture “Set it Off” meets “New Jack City” meets “Bonnie and Clyde.” ~Writer David Weaver is poised to be the next big thing. His level of creativity and timing are natural talents that can not be taught. ~Sentinel Press
- This Can’t be Life by Shakara Cannon
(Infinite Source Publishing, 2011-04-30, Kindle Edition)
Simone, Stacey, and Talise are your typical best friends navigating life. They brush shoulders with entertainment s elite and experience great successes. Simone is living an extravagant lifestyle, which some may say has come to her easily. She doesn’t trust men and is willing to remain guarded to protect herself. Even though star NBA player, Deon Bradford a good guy, looking for a woman to love him for him has her in his sights, and is making every effort to bring down her guard, Simone remains distrustful. She feels that she can do without a man’s love, until an unsuspecting man comes into her life and shows her what true love is really like, but is he who he portrays himself to be or will Deon win her heart? Talise is the romantic, who dreams of a marriage just like her parents. When she meets a man that she knows is her soul-mate, but later finds out that they stand on opposite sides of religion, will this be a deal breaker? Stacey is the brother, the shoulder, and the comic relief, but when Stacey falls in love, he falls hard. Will his need to give into his heart cost him the ultimate price? Once the secrets start tumbling out of the closets and no door is able to contain them, who do you turn to when your reality feels like a dream and you are sure that this can t be life?